Dining Service Weighs Options as Losses Mount
More than four tons of food was fries and soda at the End Zone, an unlim- Aramark receives a 2 percent manage-kicked to the curb last year ited buffet of more or less equal food waits ment fee of gross sales. This cost of opera-through UNC’s dining services next door in the Rams Head Dining Hall. tion is included in dining services’ monthly
operation, deepening a six-year profit Coupled with this is dining services’ expenses, along with an approximately
deficit of about $1 million. unique, and sometimes sticky, contract with $500,000 annual use fee — for the cost of
“The last two years we have lost money, Aramark, the food supplier that oversees operations — that Aramark pays the Uni-but it can be associated with the Rams UNC dining. versity.
Head,” said Mike Freeman, direc- If the University does not receive the
tor of auxiliary services. “It’s a full $500,000 at the end of the year, then
beautiful dining facility, but it’s a Aramark has to start paying dining services
very difficult venue to operate.” back from the management fee. In other
In conjunction, the End words, Aramark never can lose money at
Zone Sports Cafe in the three- UNC because dining services pays the
year-old dining hall will close at company all allowable expenses.
the end of the spring semester The Rams Head facility, which Free-
due to profit loss and poor stu- man considers to be “a learning experi-
dent response. The End Zone is ence,” is undergoing a menu of changes.
a burger-and-sandwich sports Now, meal plans can be purchased only
bar (but without alcoholic bev- for a year, not a semester, and the cost of
erages). backing out is $250. In past years, many
The losses at the End Zone students opted out in the spring.
have been in the thousands of If dining services is to break even, 5,000
dollars every year, Freeman said, The End Zone in the Rams Head dining complex has all the meal plans must be sold and kept for the
and its nemesis is a next-door ambience of a sports bar but, of course, without the beer. It year. Last fall, 5,442 meal plans were pur-
neighbor: For the nearly $7 it hasn’t done well, and dining officials will look for a better chased. The per-meal price also has been
costs a student to get a burger, use of the space. raised.
to Kenan in October
Carolina has home football games against
James Madison and South Carolina next
fall and will go on the road to play East
Carolina and South Florida. The Heels are
excused this year from playing
ACC opponents Boston College,
Clemson and Florida State.
They will play six home
games in Coach Butch Davis’
inaugural season. All games are on
Saturdays, and there’s one open date. The
Sept. 1 James Madison
Sept. 8 East Carolina
Sept. 15 Virginia
Sept. 22 South Florida
Sept. 29 Virginia Tech
Oct. 6 Miami
Oct. 13 South Carolina
Oct. 20 Open
Oct. 27 Wake Forest
Nov. 3 Maryland
Nov. 10 N.C. State
Nov. 17 Georgia Tech
Nov. 24 Duke
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